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Apparently there has been some hullabaloo about news sites claiming that Pope Francis as Cardinal Bergoglio endorsed civil unions back in 2010. That’s a bunch of hooey. According to one of the Pope’s confidants Francis was faced with gay “marriage” being thrust upon citizens in Argentina so he offered the lesser of two evils as to have further discussion on the matter. It is the same when voting for a piece of legislation. Canon law allows for the politician voting for the legislation that is the lesser of two evils when there is no good option.

Woites’s statements contradict a New York Times article published yesterday stating, “Faced with the near certain passage of the gay marriage bill, Cardinal Bergoglio offered the civil union compromise as the ‘lesser of two evils,’ said Sergio Rubin, his authorized biographer. ‘He wagered on a position of greater dialogue with society.'”

Here is the article http://www.lifesitenews.com/news/bergoglio-didnt-suggest-endorsing-homosexual-civil-unions-in-2010-says-conf

Fr. Orsi at Ave Maria is taking bishops to task for being unwilling to refuse Holy Communion to politicians who are in grave sin those who support abortion and euthanasia.  I’d add being in support of same-sex marriage to the list. Both Biden and Pelosi received Communion at Pope Francis’ installation mass. These type of politicians have been obstinate for so long and the bishops’ pastoral approach hasn’t worked over a lengthy period of time that a more visible act of standing for the faith and against scandal is necessary.  Here is a bit of what Fr. Orsi has to say:

Politicians such as Biden and Pelosi have been stubborn and contumacious in their pro-abortion policies and in presenting themselves for reception of the Eucharist. They know that the American bishops, for the most part, prefer a “pastoral approach,” which means basically let’s talk to them and help them to see the error of their ways. It has not worked, and there is no indication that it will. The topic of this essay is proof enough! They also know that Catholic priests are instructed not to cause a scene on the Communion line and that the person be permitted to receive. Thus, they opt to take advantage of these charitable loopholes.

There is a solution and perhaps some hope for stronger enforcement of Church policy on offending pols. The Vatican should clearly state that politicians who promote a culture of death, abortion, and euthanasia, are subject to excommunication by their bishop. Pope-Emeritus  Benedict XVI  made an unofficial statement on a trip to Mexico, in 2007, stating  that excommunication for pro choice legislators was not arbitrary and is part of canon law.  This would strengthen Canon 915 and some bishops’ backbones.

It is well known that Pope Francis forbade pro- choice politicians from receiving Holy Communion in his diocese, in Argentina.  Perhaps the new Pope can move this project along?

By the bishops refusing to take strong action, such as excommunication, politicians will continue their “in your face” attitude toward the church and her leaders. Such a failure will also continue to allow Catholics and people of good will to be scandalized. Even worse, it gives the impression that others may follow the behavior of wayward  politicians with impunity.

Biden and Pelosi only did at the Vatican what they have been allowed to do at home.  As the great Lutheran pastor Dietrich Bonheoffer stated so well, dear bishops;  Not to act is to act!


Dang those sequester cuts. Bang. Bop. That hurts… Wait!!! Hold on… stop listening to the MSM meme. Were there really cuts to government agencies because of the sequester? To Find out you can visit The Sequester Lies: Where are the Republicans? at Conservative Hideout. It’s all laid out neatly in a graph.

The Conservative Lady has a post titled A New “Most Dangerous” Man in America?   This person is a mayor of a major city but he has much influence over national politics.  He is a radical who wants to change (er take away) your rights using force.  He is not only against illegal guns but is also against legal guns.

1CatholicSalmon has a good post called Palm Sunday – the day after tomorrow, and Holy Week begins. Doesn’t it seem like Lent has flown by? Hard to believe it’s already almost one day before Holy Week begins.

Biltrix has a great post called Father, Forgive Them!  Fr. Jason Smith explains about having the urge to throw away his anger toward Judas betrayal when he hears the words “Father forgive them.”  This had me questioning, should we really be angry at Judas? Wasn’t he apart of God’s divine plan? An essential part? Without Judas would Jesus have died to save our sins? Possibly…. but since this is what happened in God’s divine plan to save all of humanity from sin wouldn’t giving thanks to Judas be more appropriate?  We all sin and whether the sin be big or small if we ask for forgiveness God will grant His mercy and forgive us. For this reason and with there being conflicting accounts of Judas’ death  I do believe that it is possible that Judas repented before his death. This would mean that Judas would have been forgiven by God just as the rest of us are forgiven when we repent in Reconciliation.


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Today Kevin and I were talking about justice in the context of getting justice for a wrong.  Then we started talking about both mercy and justice and Kevin asked me if I could think of a time in the New Testament when Jesus displayed both mercy and justice.  My first couple answers were ones that he had not thought of but which fit perfectly.   After a few attempts I figured out the specific instance in the New Testament that Kevin was thinking of.  He was talking about The Parable of the Prodigal Son. 

The Parable of the Lost Son

11 Jesus continued: “There was a man who had two sons. 12 The younger one said to his father, ‘Father, give me my share of the estate.’ So he divided his property between them.

13 “Not long after that, the younger son got together all he had, set off for a distant country and there squandered his wealth in wild living. 14 After he had spent everything, there was a severe famine in that whole country, and he began to be in need. 15 So he went and hired himself out to a citizen of that country, who sent him to his fields to feed pigs. 16 He longed to fill his stomach with the pods that the pigs were eating, but no one gave him anything.

17 “When he came to his senses, he said, ‘How many of my father’s hired servants have food to spare, and here I am starving to death! 18 I will set out and go back to my father and say to him: Father, I have sinned against heaven and against you. 19 I am no longer worthy to be called your son; make me like one of your hired servants.’ 20 So he got up and went to his father.

“But while he was still a long way off, his father saw him and was filled with compassion for him; he ran to his son, threw his arms around him and kissed him.

21 “The son said to him, ‘Father, I have sinned against heaven and against you. I am no longer worthy to be called your son.’

22 “But the father said to his servants, ‘Quick! Bring the best robe and put it on him. Put a ring on his finger and sandals on his feet. 23 Bring the fattened calf and kill it. Let’s have a feast and celebrate. 24 For this son of mine was dead and is alive again; he was lost and is found.’ So they began to celebrate.

25 “Meanwhile, the older son was in the field. When he came near the house, he heard music and dancing. 26 So he called one of the servants and asked him what was going on.27 ‘Your brother has come,’ he replied, ‘and your father has killed the fattened calf because he has him back safe and sound.’

28 “The older brother became angry and refused to go in. So his father went out and pleaded with him. 29 But he answered his father, ‘Look! All these years I’ve been slaving for you and never disobeyed your orders. Yet you never gave me even a young goat so I could celebrate with my friends. 30 But when this son of yours who has squandered your property with prostitutes comes home, you kill the fattened calf for him!’

31 “‘My son,’ the father said, ‘you are always with me, and everything I have is yours.32 But we had to celebrate and be glad, because this brother of yours was dead and is alive again; he was lost and is found.’”

The Father showed his son mercy when he accepted his son back home with open arms.  The father showed his unconditional love to his son in the same manner as our Father in heaven loves each of us unconditionally.  The son repented for his sins and the Father showed him mercy.  

Justice is done when the Father says to the faithful son “everything I have is yours” but does not reward the lost son who spent all of his inheritance and returned home with nothing.  The prodigal son squandered his inheritance and it would not be just to take from the son who has faithfully served his father to give to a son who had already been given his share of the inheritance but wasted it.  


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Today is the feast day of St. John of God.  After having been a soldier at the age of 40 he recognized that his life was filled with sin so he made a decision to change his life, to turn away from sin and follow Jesus. Then he was inspired by a sermon by Blessed John of Avila to give himself a beating, and he repented for his sins.  Would Jesus want us to purposefully inflict pain on ourselves, cause pain to ourselves, in order to repent? I believe firmly in repentance of sins but I just don’t see how God would want us to inflict harm upon oneself to aid in repenting for one’s sins.  In reading I have noticed that a number of saints inflicted pain upon themselves before repenting.  Why?  What belief would have them do this?  I would think that God wouldn’t want to any person to be inflicting pain purposely upon themselves.  Since God is the creator wouldn’t this be displeasing to him?  Wouldn’t that be dishonoring God’s wonderful creation, of yourself?

Ecclesiastes 3: 12 I know that there is nothing better for men than to be happy and do good while they live. 

Ezekiel 18: 32 “Therefore I will judge you, O house of Israel, every one according to his ways, declares the Lord God. Repent and turn from all your transgressions, lest iniquity be your ruin. Cast away from you all the transgressions that you have committed, and make yourselves a new heart and a new spirit! Why will you die, O house of Israel? For I have no pleasure in the death of anyone, declares the Lord God; so turn, and live.”

I just think there is a difference between enduring suffering whether it be emotional or physical pain, and inflicting pain upon oneself, even if it was intended to repent for one’s sins.  I just don’t see God as delighting in persons torturing themselves.

St. John of God was advised by Blessed John to focus on tending to the needs of others, to be more active in helping others instead of inflicting pain upon himself.  Not long after that his heart came to be at peace and began to dedicate his life to helping the poor and sick.  He established a house where he tended to the needs of the poor and sick.  Some people were so inspired by his devotion to help the poor that they donated money and provisions so that he would be able to continue his work in assisting the poor.   St. John’s unlimited and unconditional acts of love for Christ’s poor along with his deep interior prayer life which outwardly reflected a spirit of humility that inspired helpers to aid him in helping the needy.  He died after 10 years of service in helping the poor.  Twenty years after his death these helpers founded the Brothers Hospitallers, who are still a worldwide order today.

The name Brothers Hospitallers fascinates me so I searched looked them up on the internet.  Here is their website.

Here is a little information about the Brothers Hospitallers.

Our institute was approved by the Church as an Order of Brothers with the mission to provide assistance for the sick and needy. It had its origin in Granada, Spain, in the second half of the 16th century to continue the charitable apostolate of Saint John of God, who was born at Montemor-o-Novo (Portugal) and died in Granada on the 8th of March 1550.

 Saint John of God had been joined by several followers, who were attracted by his example and who helped him in works of mercy, especially in the hospital he founded in Granada. Outstanding among these followers was Anthony Martin; at the moment of death, John entrusted him with the continuation and supervision of the work. In the following years other companions joined the group, and a number of hospitals were founded.

 Our identity as Brothers consecrated in hospitality commits us to encouraging, fostering and establishing bonds of fraternity with all those who wish to join us to share our spirituality, charism and/or mission as Co-workers.

Here is their mission statement: We, The Brothers of St. John of God are called to witness to the people of God, Christ’s healing love as expressed by our charism of hospitality, through a community of faith and a compassionate service to God’s suffering people.  

P.S.  — My husband, upon reading this post prior to publication, pointed out to me a verse that could provide scriptural support for literally beating oneself up.  It is 1st Corinthians 9:27 –  But I chastise my body and bring it into subjection: lest perhaps, when I have preached to others, I myself should become a castaway.  The word translated here as “chastise”, which is rendered in other versions variously as “buffet”, “hit hard”, “beat”, “subdue” is ὑπωπιάζω  (hypōpiazō) – it literally signifies bruising, especially around the face, and could also be translated as “beat black and blue”.  This word occurs in one other place in scripture, Luke 18:5, in the Parable of the Persistent Widow and the Unjust Judge, who likens her constant nagging of him to hear her case to being beaten black and blue by her:   There was a judge in a certain city, who feared not God, nor regarded man.  3And there was a certain widow in that city, and she came to him, saying: Avenge me of my adversary.   4And he would not for a long time. But afterwards he said within himself: Although I fear not God, nor regard man, 5Yet because this widow is troublesome to me, I will avenge her, lest continually coming she weary (hypōpiazō) me.  (verses 2-5)

   Yet in that instance the unjust judge is certainly speaking metaphorically.

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